Five new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in NSW overnight, NSW Health’s Dr Christine Selvey confirmed.

Of those one is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine and four are linked to the growing CBD cluster, bringing the outbreak to 61.

One of the cases visited Kuleto’s Cocktail Bar in Newtown which was forced to close for deep cleaning.

The case attended the venue between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on August 28. Anyone who was there, at the same time, for more than an hour must get tested and isolate.

Another case, which will be included in Sunday’s numbers, involves and emergency health worker who worked two shifts at two difference hospitals while potentially infectious.

The first was at Concord Hospital’s emergency department on September 1 from 2pm to midnight and the second shift was at Liverpool Hospital’s emergency department on September 3 from 8am to 6pm.

This is a drop on the eight new cases of coronavirus recorded in NSW on Friday, deputy chief health officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty confirmed.

Seven were linked to known clusters and one was a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

Three of those were traced back to the CBD outbreak, while two are close contacts of the St Paul’s Catholic College Greystanes cluster.

Two were household contacts of previously reported cases linked to Liverpool Hospital.

The news comes after Sydneysiders, and residents in some parts of NSW, were told they cannot visit their dads in aged care this Father’s Day because the CBD cluster is still being brought under control.

On Friday NSW Health said their advice for residents from Sydney Metropolitan, Nepean Blue Mountains and Central Coast regions would be to not visit aged care facilities at the weekend.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was “as disappointed as anybody” about it.

“I’m as disappointed as anybody to get that health advice but I can’t overturn the health advice. We did have hopes … I feel horrible about that,” she said.

“It would be inappropriate for me to overrule the health advice, especially if, heaven forbid, this disease got into one of our aged care facilities.

“What the health department have asked, is each aged care facility consider appropriate ways they can improve the stress, whether they allow them to come to glass windows or to make technology available for families to communicate with each other.

“The health concerns is there still could be undetected circulation within the community … because of that seeding potential, health have decided to take conservative and safe approach and I have to support that.”


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